Video : Saint Pepsi : “Fiona Coyne”

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With just a little over a week since being released, we are ready to proclaim “Fiona Coyne” from Saint Pepsi as our song of the summer. Everything from the horns right down to the emphatic proclamation of “I’ll love you ’til the record stops” makes it the perfect soundtrack for a warm-weather night out on the town. In the video, directed by Matt Walker, you get to see the world of man who is seeing everyone else around him find love, except for him. That is until the end. Check it out below.

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Video : TV Girl : “The Getaway”

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French Exit may or may not be TV Girl’s debut album depending on how you characterize their previous releases, but one thing that can’t be argued is that is an absolutely brilliant collection of work that has been grossly underappreciated by everyone, including us. However, leave it to David Dean Burkhart to allow us to offer up some penance with a new unofficial video for the song “The Getaway”. The video for the sunny track uses footage is from the 1960 French New Wave film, À bout de souffle (Breathless). Check it out below and do yourself a favor by given the entire album a spin as well. You can grab it at the low cost of name your price here.

Video Session: Poliça in-store at LUNA Music

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The summer sun shone brightly through the storefront windows of Luna Music on the day Poliça came by to perform. Already a vinyl lover’s oasis, the store could’ve hardly looked more inviting, more picturesque to even the most melancholy of visitors. But with a bass tone that could narrate a walk down an abandoned alley and the echoic vocals of singer Channy Leaneagh, the Minneapolis-based synthpop group gave listeners no reason to doubt that they were somewhere damp, dark, and reverberant, grooving to the most sexually charged music to hit Luna since it restocked “Purple Rain.”

Poliça’s set pulls from their most recent release, a buyer-friendly deluxe edition of their 2013 sophomore effort Shulamith that includes the four tracks comprising their Raw Exit EP. The songs deliver what we’ve come to expect from the band since they debuted in 2011; high quality keyboard texture, smart syncopation, and, of course, heavy reverb. Lyrically, Leaneagh finds herself more often than not unsettled by the dichotomy that love creates between emotion and reason. “It’s time for you to leave / But I’ve wrapped my hand around your leash / It’s really quite confusing” she sings in “Smug.” Her confusion reaches even higher levels in “Warrior Lord” as passion trumps syntax to deliver a grim poem ultimately asking a departing lover, “Do you want me?” While the minor key of the song suggests her anxiety is warranted, that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to want to move your body to the rhythm or happily hum the melody as you leave your favorite record store.

Filmed and edited by Doug Fellegy and Nicole Conflenti
Recorded and Mixed by Jeff DuPont
Words by Gerard Pannekoek

MOKB Video Premiere : Johanna Samuels : “Real Tragedies”

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Next week, Brooklyn-based musician Johanna Samuels will released her debut LP, Double Bind. The album, over two-years in the making, follows her promising six-track EP, Giant Fantasy Life from 2012. According to Samuels, it is named after the “dynamic wherein two emotional demands are met but consequently negate each other, leaving one person to feel trapped.”

The highlight thus far from new material is the heartfelt and raw “Real Tragedies”. It starts off as a somber rocker in a similar vein of a Sharon Van Etten slowly building on itself with subtle electronic elements mixed in. Director Sean Ryan Pierce says that he tried to “tried to build a story that floats between two worlds”, one depicting Samuels “isolated and unrequited journey” and the other an “alternate, possible future wherein people live even more vicariously through others.” Watch below.

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Video : Sinead Harnett : “No Other Way” (ft Snakehips)

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Back when “No Other Way” first dropped, we stated Sinead Harnett had some serious star potential. Having already worked with Disclosure and Ryan Hemsworth, you know the talent is already there. The video for lead single from her upcoming debut N.O.W. EP (out August 31st via 333 Records) seems like sort of an introduction of the singer to the world. In it, you see Harnett in lush area in the middle of the city and a few other settings just doing her visually recreating the relaxed feel of the song. Watch below.

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Video : Alpenglow : “Brothers in Crime”

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Brooklyn by way of Burlington, Vermont outfit Alpenglow have a new EP, Chapel, out in September via Section Sign Records. They cross majestic folk with pacified atmospherics that will draw obvious comparisons to Fleet Foxes. The first single from the new release is “Brothers in Crime”. The video contains original footage by Vermont filmaker John Douglas from his 1971 film GLACIER that tells the journey of three friends hiking on a glacier in the American West. During their upcoming live shows, they will be playing in front of a projection of the film. Find the clip and tour dates below.

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Video : Jungle : “Time”

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London collective Jungle have just released the visual for their fantastic song “Time”. It was directed by Oliver Hadlee Pearch alongside the band’s ‘J’ and features some pretty sweet dance moves by some older gentlemen proving age is nothing but a number. The song is from their much buzzed about (and deservedly so) self-titled debut set to drop next week via XL Recordings. Watch below and stream the entire LP here.

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